Myanmar Morning News For October 18

Myanmar Morning News For October 18
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Myanmar morning newsThe Latest: Amnesty says Myanmar killed 100s of Rohingya
Amnesty International says Myanmar security forces killed at least hundreds of people during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims.
ABC News

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Myanmar talks
A senior UN official on Tuesday returned empty-handed from five days of talks in Myanmar where he appealed for the safe return of Muslim Rohingyas sheltering in Bangladesh and access for aid workers.
Daily Mail

Satellites reveal hundreds of villages destroyed in Rakhine
Nearly 300 villages in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar have been partially or totally destroyed by fire since Aug. 25, reported Human Rights Watch (HRW) citing satellite images.
UCA News

UN report on Rohingya hunger is shelved at Myanmar’s request
The United Nations food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down, the Guardian has learned.
The Guardian

China to take 70 percent stake in strategic port in Myanmar – official
China has agreed take a 70 percent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s growing economic clout in the country, a senior government official said.

China’s TCM brings greater involvement with Myanmar
A three-month Sino-Myanmar traditional medicine training program backed by Southwest China’s Yunnan Province opened on Monday, in response to the Belt and Road initiative and to increase cooperation between the two countries.
Global Times

National plan aims to boost health budget
The National Health Plan aims to redress Myanmar’s low spending on health care. Myanmar currently allocates 3.65 percent of its total budget on health, which remains low by global and regional standards.
Myanmar Times

Myanmar developers applaud Israel’s approach to startups
App developers say Israel provides a model for supporting the growth of a tech sector that they say has potential to make a huge contribution to the economy if it receives more government and private sector support.
Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar to try to improve rice-export capacity
Myanmar will try to improve its rice-export capacity by producing rice of different kinds from different zones, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint.

Farmers hurt as sesame price drops
A decline in sesame price has hit Kayah farmers, sources say. In Shadaw and Bawlakhe, where sesame is the major crop, the farmers are reportedly hit the hardest despite a good harvest. Farmer Sai Kyaw said: “Bawlakhe residents are relying on sesame. In 2015 we made K3,800 a basket.

Australia expands its support for Myanmar’s farmers
Australia and Myanmar have developed their strategy of research collaboration in fisheries, livestock and cropping systems for the next ten years. They will continue the work started out with the program “MyFarm”, the Australian Ambassador Nicholas Coppel said during its showcase in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday.
Burma News International

Russia expands Myanmar Mi-24P repair programme
Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia.
— Jane’s 360

Basic rights key to women’s well-being
Every year for the last 39 years, UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, has released the State of the World Population report. Each year, there is a different theme.
— Myanmar Times

Literacy campaigns set for Kayin and Tanintharyi
Basic literacy campaigns aiming to eliminate illiteracy are starting in Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region, said U Khine Mye, director general of the Department of Alternative Education.
Myanmar Times

Committee begins development of English, Myanmar, and Karen languages dictionary
A effort to compile Myanmar’s first dictionary for English, Myanmar, Sgaw Kayin, Western Pwo Kayin, and Eastern Pwo Kayin languages is underway, the project’s organising committee said.
— Burma News International

Myanmar photographers in Bangladesh leave country after detention
Two Myanmar photographers arrested in Bangladesh last month whilst covering the Rakhine crisis have been permitted by authorities to leave the country, according to the pair’s lawyer.
Frontier Myanmar


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